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Cunliffe state of the nation speech

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, January 27th, 2014 - 193 comments
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David Cunliffe state of the nation

For Labour party members and supporters in the Auckland region if you are looking for something to do today come along and see David Cunliffe’s state of the nation speech.

Stuff has already hinted at what might be in the speech:

[David] Cunliffe last week formally ditched two of his party’s 2011 policies: a tax-free band on the first $5000 of income, and a pledge to exempt fresh fruit and vegetables from GST.

Together they would have cost $1.5 billion a year, and scrapping them has created room for Labour to spend in other areas to help low-income families.

Cunliffe said new policies would be better targeted than the two dumped tax breaks, which gave the same, or even more, to the rich as to the poor.

He would not say whether the new initiatives would use all the $1.5b saved.

Speculation has centred on a new payment to low-income families, likely to be targeted at those with children, but Labour MPs have refused to confirm this.

Finance spokesman David Parker would say only that the axed policies had created “fiscal headroom”.

Labour’s message that the Government is overseeing a tale of two countries – the haves and the have-nots – is aimed at countering the better economic news emerging, including forecasts New Zealand’s growth rate will make it the “rock star” among developed economies this year.

As well as attacks on the unequal distribution of the benefits of recovery, Cunliffe is expected to warn of the damage rising interest rates will do to those struggling to get ahead and pay for the increasing cost of housing.

He is also likely to renew a call for fundamental reforms to macro-economic policy that National shies away from.

They include a capital gains tax (exempting the family home), changes to the way the Reserve Bank operates monetary policy and steps to gradually increase the state pension age from 65 to 67.

The speech is being held at Kelston Girls High School and will start at 1 pm.  If you do want to attend you can RSVP here.

If you cannot attend but want to watch it the speech will be streamed through here.

Update:  The hall is absolutely full and there will be a delay in starting …

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193 comments on “Cunliffe state of the nation speech”

  1. BM 1

    Don’t be to disappointed if Cunliffe’s speech doesn’t get a lot of coverage on tonights news

    Unfortunately, not great timing with it clashing with the whole lorde, grammies hoo haa.

    Hopefully it may get a minute or two about 10-15 minutes in

  2. karol 2

    Lorde – the curtain raiser – and while all eyes are glued to the screen, wired to brains thinking positive thoughts….. along comes Cunliffe. The meaning is the message.

    And onward the election campaign. Only the beginning.

    Never mind the width – feel the quality.

    • Mary 2.1

      I’m worried, Karol, that Cunliffe will fall into the same trap that the Greens have with its latest education policy which is concentrating on fixing symptoms without addressing fundamental root causes. For example, it’s obvious kids can’t learn when they’re hungry, but does creating a whole set of new institutions around 1 to 4 decile schools reflect the image of a society we really want? All these “initiatives” sound wonderful but they’re being held out as representing vital elements of an equitable society when the reality is they reflect inequality and will continue to do that for as long as they exist. There’s no analysis of the potentially negative impact such piecemeal reform could have on our wider cultural and economic landscape. Institutions are easy to create and hellishly difficult to remove. Just look at how private charity has become a mainstay of our social welfare system. Back in the 1990s food banks were always talked about as a temporary measure. Now it’s fully acceptable for Work and Income to refer people directly to them!

      • millsy 2.1.1

        I see these measures as no different to the school dental service/free milk and schools, that were implemented back in the 20’s and 30’s.

        They became an accepted part of New Zealand’s extensive social support system, and had bi-partisan support.

        • Mary 2.1.1.1

          Yes, but they were implemented across the board and weren’t a knee-jerk response to deep-seated poverty borne out of inherent inequality. That’s the difference and is a very big difference.

          • geoff 2.1.1.1.1

            @Mary
            So what’s your prescription for treating the causes, not the symptoms?

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 2.1.1.1.1.1

              As I mentioned below – I had a similar response to Mary

              There are some things that sound great with this idea – help is being offered to the people that need it – yet I do wonder whether people want more ‘interference’ from social services in their lives – do the Greens know the culture of the people in these low decile areas? Have they involved those that need the help and asked them what they need? Or are they going to waltz in and impose their own albeit well-meaning views on them? This is an expensive and potentially unwelcome approach. How about cutting the ‘middlemen’ out and giving some of that money directly to parents instead?

              How to address the causes?

              How about a focus on creating a system where the top wealthiest cannot avoid tax – and corporations stop receiving subsidies from the government? From this money collected create a tax free zone for the first 5,000+ dollars earned – lift the minimum wage drastically – if small/ medium businesses require subsidies to afford these wages – give it to them i.e. stop the charade that wages being subsidized is not what is already occurring – and thereby remove the lack of privacy, complications, hassle and stigma involved with individuals having to deal with Winz. Create job for parents who haven’t one – for example – if there is going to be extra help in schools or elsewhere perhaps the parents of the children could be involved in these hubs.

              • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                …yep and Labour just delivered in this respect for me -my initial response is one of preference for Labour’s approach as briefly outlined in Mr Cunliffe’s State of the Nation speech.

              • thechangeling

                Withdrawing from free trade agreements and restoring tariffs, quotas and other trade restrictions along with instituting local production and consumption with the concurrent investment, job creation that that will allow is the way forward to alleviating and restoring an egalitarian society in New Zealand (and elsewhere).
                However as we are a part of an international trading system this needs to occur in tandem with the IMF, WB and WTO rejecting neo liberal policies and introducing a series of prescriptions collectively entitled ‘Cosmopolitan Social Democracy’.
                Until the neo liberal global trading system enforced by the IMF, WB and WTO changes, only the symptoms of the unegalitarian society in New Zealand will be addressed.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  However as we are a part of an international trading system this needs to occur in tandem with the IMF, WB and WTO rejecting neo liberal policies and introducing a series of prescriptions collectively entitled ‘Cosmopolitan Social Democracy’.

                  No, it doesn’t. If we’re re-introducing tarrifs and dropping out of FTAs then, obviously, we’re also dropping out of the international trading system. We don’t have to wait for the IMF, WB or the WTO to change. In fact, I think dropping out of them and changing anyway would be far more effective.

      • karol 2.1.2

        Mary, Cunliffe was critical of Key’s State of the Nation speech, saying it was too narrow. Such a speech, he said, should set the broader agenda on which the election campaign will be fought. Cunliffe said his speech will focus on the broader agenda.

        Key dismissed inequality, and focused on a narrow education policy, that reinforces corporate, privatising values and agenda..

        Turei said the main election issue is inequality (plus poverty). She then gave an education policy that focused on inequality and poverty. This is a step from Key, towards Cunliffe’s bigger picture.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 2.1.3

        +1 Mary – I had the same response to you re the Greens announcement – it seemed to be addressing the symptoms not the causes. :(

  3. saarbo 3

    Looking forward to it!

  4. Colonial Viper 4

    Best wishes DC, hit a six for all of us.

    • Chooky 4.1

      +1…he’s looking good…like the new leader of the 2014 New Zealand coalition Government ! ….alongside Russell Norman and Metiria Turei

      with possibly Winston Peters and Hone Harawera)…..and Dotcoms support….

      ( Go suck on bad rotten eggs John Key and Steven Joyce and Nact…you horrible weasels, ferrets and stoats)

    • David H 4.2

      True and with most of NZ Cricket lovers on a high over THAT cricket match, and the 2 wins. Yep great timing. Now use it, Don’t lose it.

  5. ak 5

    BM’s quite right. The speech itself is irrelevant compared to the reporting of it, and already – even pre-speech as per Orewa One – repetition of “rock-star economy”, “capital gains tax”, pension age rising to 67, and zero mention of current polling.

    Up against if as always, progressives, no substitute for good old-fashioned grassroots activism and above all, overt expressions of left-wing unity and positivity. Stand beside him Metiria.

  6. greywarbler 6

    Richard Prebble, Fuck-wit, reported on Radionz as being a former Labour, and later ACT politician, is quoted as criticising David Cunliffe’s and Labour’s timing for his speech. WTF This little t..d who was surprised to have found himself thinking once, keeps popping up like a weed.
    Time for Woody Weedkiller for this thick perennial.

    • Chooky 6.1

      +1…it is absolutely pathetic what Radionz regards as news these days….I am not talking about Morning Report but whoever is responsible for some of those brief bulletins of supposed news in between

      what Richard Prebble was saying was NOT news!!!! …..but a political ACT Party has-been spoiler ( ACT hardly exists any more for Christs sake) ……this is bias and trivial comment on Radio NZs part( I turned the radio off)…..someone should make a complaint

      • Tim 6.1.1

        +1
        Something’s happened at RNZ in the past year* – not sure what (or should I say who), but even the once OK news bulletins are now becoming irrelevant, dumbed down crap.
        Over the weekend I even heard a newsreader saying something like “X politician is running the line that….”
        I suspect they’re using ‘cadets’ to do the ‘dirty work’ and that editorial staff aren’t that sharp.

        * I mean aside from what we already knew was infectious kaka especially 1-5pm, but also 9-noon.

    • Not a PS Staffer 6.2

      http://bsa.govt.nz/complaints/formal-complaint

      Radio NZ needs to rocket up its %$#@ for being irrelevant.

      Make a complain to the Broadcasting Standards Authority.

  7. Jenny 7

    Finance spokesman David Parker would say only that the axed policies had created “fiscal headroom”.

    Maybe the Finance spokesman David Parker could tabulate the “X” amount of “fiscal headroom” that will be created, if as well as reversing the “promised” tax cuts on the poor, we reversed all the “actual” tax cuts on the rich?

    How much would it be?

    $1.5billion? Twice that amount? Three times?
    Half that amount?

    I doubt we will be hearing this figure being bandied about in todays speech.

    Max Headroom

  8. Olwyn 8

    I suggest that everyone who is a position to attend should do so. A big crowd is harder for the media to ignore than a small one. A big, enthusiastic crowd also helps to build momentum, whatever the media response. It also puts pressure on David Cunliffe to keep his word. This is important as behind the scenes he will face quite a bit of pressure not to from lobbyists, etc.

  9. vto 9

    This better be good given the hype that has been built around it.

  10. millsy 10

    It appears that we are going to get some form of payment to families that have kids in ECE, from the teasers.

  11. Bill 11

    So Labour will announce a broad economic shake-up.
    The Greens announced an in depth education policy.
    And National announced a dressed up privatisation policy.

    We already know how Nationals’ policy was (mis) reported.
    We also know reporting on the Greens receive less coverage and that the nats were allowed to position their non-education privatisation programme against it.

    Will be interesting to see the tone of the coverage for Labours’ speech.

  12. Ron 12

    Every left supporter should attend the Cunliffe’s speech today/ There is not anything else that can compete with the importance of this event. And don’t forget the barbecue afterwards where you can mix mingle etc
    See you all there

  13. RedBaronCV 13

    Go for it David. The country needs you more than you need us , so thanks. Prediction: as time goes by I think you’ll go down as one of the best leaders that this country has had.

  14. Raa 14

    Good luck with the queen’s english, David.

    Don’t mention the republic ..

  15. philj 15

    I did email RNZ about 1% Radical commentator(!?) Prebble. Told them that credibility is essential in a quality National Broadcaster.

    • Rosie 15.1

      Good on you philj.

      I also heard this morning, what Greywarbler and Chooky referred to above and was bemused and baffled as to why they would quote Prebble, as if he had any relevance what so ever. Surely they can’t be that desperate for news that they need to scrape the bottom of the barrel.They even tried to dress it up by referring to Prebble as an ex Labour MP, a couple of times even. As if a connection from last century is relevant!

      Then again maybe they are willing to help the Right stick their oar in, because that’s all that statement amounted to, just sticking an oar in. Kind of desperate, like a lost and lonely voice in the wind trying to be noticed.

    • Chooky 15.2

      +100

  16. clemgeopin 16

    I will not be able to watch live stream as I am only free after 2:30 pm. I do wish to hear the speech. Will it be quickly available on YouTube or some other link? Do any of you know please?

  17. geoff 17

    Go Dave! The membership, the unions and plenty of struggling kiwis are supporting you!

    (maybe even some of the caucus ;) )

  18. Te Reo Putake 18

    Hmmm, trying to get the Livestream feed up, via labour.org.nz. No sign of life, just a message saying the LP “hasn’t created any events”. Perhaps after 1pm?

  19. lprent 19

    Starting. Jacinda warming the audience up.

  20. Rosie 20

    Man! He is on fire!

  21. idlegus 21

    tweet from gower “Cunliffe: Labour will pay $60 a week to all families with new babies until they are one. Families must earn under $150,000″

    reply tweet from hooton “Do think more already struggling people will have more babies as a result?”

    • Colonial Viper 21.1

      Needed to balance out our aging population.

    • Lanthanide 21.2

      Yip, the obvious angle of attack on this is “paying people to breed”.

    • Rosie 21.3

      Excellent news for children so far

    • cricklewood 21.4

      Jeez don’t think we need to be given out $60 per week to families between 100 &150k per annum be much better off giving $80 or $90 to families under 75k… upper middle class welfare? Give me a break….

      • Lanthanide 21.4.1

        I would have extended it up to $120k rather than $150k.

        But they need to curry favour with the centre of the electorate.

        • Colonial Viper 21.4.1.1

          Lanth you’re killing me mate.

          $120K to $150K pa household income is now the “centre of the electorate”???

          Sure, if you place the centre somewhere well into the top 10%.

          • Lanthanide 21.4.1.1.1

            Median household income is something like $82k according to the last census.

            So I think capping the household income at $120k instead of $150k is perfectly appropriate.

            My reply about being the “centre of the electorate” is that cricklewood was suggesting < $75k only, which is clearly less than half of all households.

            • Colonial Viper 21.4.1.1.1.1

              Median household income is something like $82k according to the last census.

              That’s the average household income.

              The median point is around $10K lower at just ~$71K pa.

      • geoff 21.4.2

        I take it you’re not a young family trying to service a mortgage on an average house in Auckland…

        • cricklewood 21.4.2.1

          My household income is under 100k, I have a child and rent in Auckland. I currently don’t need or receive anything in terms of wff etc
          Sure im not rich but I am certainly reasonably comfortable and there are plenty that would need that $60 far more than I would. I believe that all available funding in terms of social support should be directed at those truly in need rather than spread into the upper middle class to garner votes. It really puts me off tbh if you want to get the disaffected out to vote cut it off and say 90k and lift benefits by $30 a week across the board sure it wont pander to the middle class but I doubt this policy will make a family pulling in 150k change their vote whereas a decent increase at the bottom end might just get those on the margins into a polling booth. Disappointed.

          • geoff 21.4.2.1.1

            I think you are being unrealistic. The greens and the other smaller parties have a policy advantage over the two main parties. The minor parties can afford to push more targeted or boutique policies because they’re only attempting to get a small fraction of the total votes. National and Labour are hobbled tto a certain extent by their size, ie they have to have policies with broader appeal because they are trying to get a much larger proportion of the voting population, hence why they both engage in ‘lolly scramble’ politics more often than the smaller parties.
            That said, if you’re not happy with Labour then hopefully you’ll still vote for Greens or Mana.

            • cricklewood 21.4.2.1.1.1

              Why is it unrealistic to hope that labour might target a policy at the working class? Why should a solid working class couple with no kids pay tax to subsidise a couple in the upper middle who are far better off? Put the money where its needed most ffs

              • geoff

                This is only one policy, future policy announcements will address industrial policy.

                Why should a solid working class couple with no kids pay tax to subsidise a couple in the upper middle who are far better off?

                You say this like it is going to be mostly wealthy couples taking advantage of this. The reality is there won’t be very many people in those circumstances and the money will be going to where it is most needed. It sounds like you’re buying into the spin that National is trying to put on this.

                As for helping out families, I believe in a civil society a government should be helping families when the vast majority are struggling.

                Decades ago the whole society in NZ was working together and everyone was helping each other. Both National and Labour understood this because it was common sense, it was the only way for prosperity. It still should be common sense but, after 30 years of marinating in a rogernomic soup, NZ society now has some deep structural problems. The causes of those problems will take much longer than one term of government to address and so I think it is fair enough for Labour to implement a populist short-term policy to get into government so that they can actually address those larger structural problems.

                • cricklewood

                  Im aware its not only wealthy couples receiving this I just don’t agree that its been set so high as I said earlier I would prefer the cut off be lower and the amount larger. I cant stomach welfare been extended to the upper middle class when that money would be of far greater use at the lower end. That stands regardless of additional policy.

          • Naki Man 21.4.2.1.2

            Absolutely people earning $150k on welfare What a joke.
            Cunny you should be ashamed of your self

  22. Tinfoilhat 22

    Agreed cricklewood madness throwing money at that section of society

  23. newsense 23

    so was that Hooton admitting that their policies of inequality are in effect eugenics as they prevent poorer people from having children?

    • greywarbler 23.1

      newsense
      That sort of comment doesn’t make any sense old or new. Let’s not have emotive OTT talk about eugenics or are you some religious nut with a shell that’s too hard to crack.

      • newsense 23.1.1

        reply tweet from hooton “Do think more already struggling people will have more babies as a result?”

        The contra of this is that if struggling people are now struggling so much they can’t have children, that seems to me to be a form of suppressing them having children.

        I think the policy from Labour is directly that- to encourage and not penalise people from having families, whereas what is currently in place…

  24. ianmac 24

    A pretty damn good speech David Cunliffe. Clearly he will be the next Prime Minister.
    David is a far better Public Speaker than you know who.
    I like the idea that it all starts with the kids and this is where the actions taken now will bear fruits tomorrow.
    Well done that man!

    • Rosie 24.1

      +1 Ianmac. It was a tremendous speech. He simply must be our next PM.

      Labour and their coalition partners will have a lot of work ahead of them though. I’m trying to be aware of staying realistic about what can be achieved, given what has occurred in the past under Labour (since the 80’s) and given the damage that has occurred over the last five plus years. I really hope that slight niggling feeling of doubt about our future dissipates over time as the New Government proves itself to be one the side of the people (and of the environment?)

      One things’ for sure. It will be an epic election night party. I feel a soundtrack coming on…………….

  25. Brett Dale 25

    Is the 60 bucks a week for each newborn baby until they’re three, a straight up cash payment.

    Or is it 60 dollars worth of vouchers for diapers and baby food, etc etc etc.

    • Rosie 25.1

      I understood it to be a weekly payment. Great work!

    • idlegus 25.2

      ‘diapers’? in nz we call them ‘nappies’.

    • Pete 25.3

      Here’s the factsheet.

      It’s $60 per week for all under 1s in households with an income under $150,000. After their 1st birthday, it abates for incomes over $50k.

      • geoff 25.3.1

        thanks pete

      • Brett Dale 25.3.2

        Pete:

        So if your on 149K a year, your going to get 60 bucks a week a year if you have a new born baby.

        Is it 60 bucks per kid?

        Or just one per household in a life time.

        • McFlock 25.3.2.1

          the stupid, it burns….

        • weka 25.3.2.2

          It’s per kid (families with twins get double).

          • Brett Dale 25.3.2.2.1

            Brilliant! someone on 149K is going to get 60 bucks a week.

            You know if they cant afford a kid on 149K a year, how is the extra 60 bucks a week going help.

            • McFlock 25.3.2.2.1.1

              And people accuse the Left of the “politics of envy”…

            • Rodel 25.3.2.2.1.2

              Maybe they could send their kid to a private school to learn about spelling and punctuation…Keep trying BD..you’ll get it right and possibly convince someone sometime of something.

    • Naki Man 25.4

      No its for piss and smokes.
      You don’t think the kids will benefit from this do you.
      Vouchers would be a good idea.

      • Colonial Viper 25.4.1

        The vast majority of parents will make good decisions with the extra money.

        • Te Reo Putake 25.4.1.1

          Good decisions? Like voting Labour :)

          I reckon this policy could be this election’s interest free student loans, a winner straight from HC’s playbook. Not only delivers to families, but makes the grandparents consider voting Labour for the good of the mokopunas. Worth about 2% right there.

  26. Brian 26

    Finally I feel the brighter future may actually be on the horizon!
    Well done David, great speech, great policies and a great sense of direction and hope given.

  27. Te Reo Putake 27

    I liked the references to ‘my opponent’. A knowing wink to another drunk Nat leader past his sell by date?

    • Colonial Viper 27.1

      Very US style not to mention “your opponent” by name.

      Doubly odd to have an introduction where Colin Craig is mentioned by name though.

    • Rosie 27.2

      I also liked the “if you know what I mean……..”

      He was personable and engaging in general.

  28. dave 28

    from that speech i would say john key is toaste

  29. karol 29

    The hall was packed – people sitting on the steps in the aisles.

    Excellent delivery of the speech.

    Went to the press qu & a, but it was hard to hear what was being said.

    Did catch bits of a few things.

    Watch for Gower doing the wedge politics. He was obsessive in asking Cunliffe if he supports the Greens’ cannabis policy. Cunliffe’s answers were along the lines of: the Greens will bring this or their policies to the negotiating table. I’m not ruling anything out before we start. I’m not negotiating such things through the media. I do support the Greens’ education policy that was announced yesterday.

    Corin Dann asked why Cunliffe was so scathing about the “rockstar economy”. Cunliffe said he wasn’t. He was scathing about rockstar lifestyles.

    • Olwyn 29.1

      I was one of the people sitting on the steps in a corridor – we ended up having to park a long way away. I thought the speech was smart and well crafted. He firmly rejected the trickle down theory, and signalled a change in economic direction, with examples such as changing the labour laws, shifting investment from housing to productive industry and revisiting the RBA. He then spelled out in detail a policy that could be explained, cost-wise, as things now stand.

      That was the right way to go about it. It is not possible to give a detailed account of a paradigm shift in a short speech. Far better to simply signal. However, it is possible to spell out and justify a change to early childhood care whose cost lies within the parameters of an abandoned earlier policy. I was heartened by his speech, and the size of the crowd in attendance, which I notice has not yet been mentioned in the media.

    • geoff 29.2

      What a pity that the most widely spread information about this policy has to go through contorted lenses of Gower or Dann.

    • karol 29.3

      Watch for Gower doing the wedge politics. He was obsessive in asking Cunliffe if he supports the Greens’ cannabis policy.
      Called it!

      Coming up from Gower on 3 News tonight – after the Grammys and Cunliffe’s SON speech.

      • karol 29.3.1

        Ooops… no, Tova O’Brien went with it. But from what I heard, Cunliffe didn’t give a categorical “no” – Cunliffe’s replies edited very much.

    • Rosie 29.4

      “Watch for Gower doing the wedge politics”.

      Ah karol, you know Gower’s style well! Tonight’s news segment on the above was a manufactured piece about division between the Greens and Labour. It’s great that you got those words down, as it illustrates what gap exists between the truth and what is reported on The News.

        • Rosie 29.4.1.1

          Thanks for posting that Anne. After reading karol’s warning, it was almost if on cue, TV3 came up with “the cracks are emerging………..”

          • karol 29.4.1.1.1

            Yes, from Anne’s link – the print text.

            “They can put on the table what they want to put on the table, but Labour’s policy is not to decriminalise cannabis,” says Mr Cunliffe.

            So that’s all they could quote as evidence of Green-Labour cracks. And that was after Gower went on and on and on with the questions about it. I heard Bomber snort cynically with a kind of – I wouldn’t say disbelief – more like “that’s Gower for you”.

            I didn’t hear everything that was said, or see/hear if O’Brien asked her own question/s about it. But to Gower, Cunliffe talked about negotiating such policies with the Greens… and said he wasn’t going to negotiate it through the media. And then, after more Gower questions, Cunliffe said he wasn’t going to negotiate over what is going to be negotiated before the negotiations start. And he stated categorically that he supported the Green’s education policy.

            • Rosie 29.4.1.1.1.1

              Interesting notes karol.

              Cunliffe comes across as one who won’t have his words twisted and appears to be one step ahead of reporters. It seems he is comfortable and confident with the topic at hand, so is unflappable, unlike his “opponent” who, when on the rare occasion is faced with a question that is vaguely challenging has a hissy fit and calls everyone a bunch of knuckleheads.

              • karol

                I’m also curious as to why Tova O’Brien did the news report, when, as far as I could see, it was Gower who asked the questions on the topic.

                Typical Gower: go for peripheral issues and try to beat it up as a Cunliffe negative. Remember when Cunliffe launched his Labour leadership campaign at his New Lynn office? Gower went on and on about a painting of Cunliffe on the wall, and Cunliffe living in Herne Bay.

                What to watch for re-wedge media pressures: MSM journos claiming Green-Labour cracks/splits based on flimsy evidence. Are these journos so stupid as to think Labour and Greens will have exactly the same policies on everything?

                Edit; note also in the 3 News report, Turei said cannabis wasn’t a high prioirty policy for them but they also aren’t ashamed of it.

                • Anne

                  … when Cunliffe launched his Labour leadership campaign at his New Lynn office? Gower went on and on about a painting of Cunliffe on the wall,…

                  And you know what I was told about that painting karol? It was done by an intellectually handicapped young man who is quite artistic and he sketched/painted it for David Cunliffe. David and his staff hung it in a prominent position so that every time the young man came into the office he would see it and feel proud.

                  I have no reason to disbelieve it.

  30. fisiani 30

    Three weeks ago I stood on top of a 1200-metre peak on the edge of Kahurangi National Park with my 12-year-old son.
    Sermon from the Mount. Next we will probably hear that The Cunliffe has rented a tomb, but just for three days.
    He will turn water into welfare.
    A baby bonus for the rich. A land of milk and honey but no oil.
    Does The Cunliffe think we are all thick and happy to take a bribe? Obviously he does.

    • Sanctuary 30.1

      Nice collection of slogans there fisiani. One day you might even connect them up with some thoughts.

      BTW – have Richard G. Wilkinson and Kate Pickett emerged from the hide away you forced them to flee to and answered you incisive questions yet?

    • Chooky 30.2

      spinning here fisiani??????….dont like looking after New Zealand babies and children?!

      ……also if you want to go all religious and biblical on us……..as i recall it the ‘Sermon on the Mount ‘ is all about loving your neighbour as yourself and looking after the most vulnerable!….not a bad egalitarian message.!.

      ……….and certainly a lot better than the OLD Testament God with his ‘the chosen’ few…..which is most inegalitarian….and fits in rather well with monetarism, Neo Liberalism and lining the pockets of the rich …dont you think?

      …..”no oil”…what are you talking about ?….this is just a beginning of ‘the campaign’ speech….Wait till you hear Labour’s plans for education!

      ….as for bribery ….well we all know which Party excels at that dont we?…..NACT is All about bribery!

  31. Sanctuary 31

    The media response to this package will be framed by an overt neo-liberal hostility. I would guess that editorial comment of everyone from the Dom-Post to the Herald to Mike “SkyCity” Hoskings will heap the most vindictive rhetoric they can muster against it. In short, the MSM reaction will expose how far right our media is these days.

    I see the public reaction to this policy as a bit of litmus test of how much of the old egalitarian New Zealand actually still exists, and how much that egalitarian NZ is just a fig-leaf myth used to pretend we are not a deeply divided society of haves and have nots. If the public (as in the polls) revealk the middle class hate this policy, then the left can forget about winning government with an honest policy program and thinking in terms of vanguard revolutionary tactics – a hidden, reverse Rogernomics blitzkrieg to be enacted once in power.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 31.1

      Yes exactly: Rogernomics was enacted by stealth against the wishes of the majority and can be reversed the same way if necessary, but one thing is certain: it must be reversed.

  32. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 32

    Good one Metira Turei – The Greens are extremely adept at saying it like it is and making the connections for people:

    “Mr Cunliffe’s policies show a real commitment to children and the Greens are fully behind them,” said Mrs Turei.

    “If we give our kids the best start in life, they will grow up happier and healthier, they will learn more, and contribute more to our communities and our economy.”

    And

    “New Zealanders have a real choice this election between a Green-Labour Government that will deliver for children and families or National and a rag-tag bunch of misfits that have turned a blind eye to the needs of kids,” said Mrs Turei.”

    Excellent

  33. Not a PS Staffer 33

    A Great speech by David.
    A Great Policy announcement.

    Congratulations to the people who brought it all together.

    Congratulations to Sue Moroney and Jacinda Ardern for their work on the Children’s Policy.

  34. Seti 34

    Oh man, that policy is gold! Welfare for up to $150k rich pricks? Just what the anti-poverty advocates were looking for I’m sure.

  35. bad12 35

    Lolz, i said in another thread, i think the one posted by David Cunliffe Himself that He should ‘nail’ this first speech of what to all extents and purposes is the opening of the election campaign,

    Only half believing of course that He would ‘nail it’ i am pleased to say that this speech meets my expectations and some,

    Hopefully the full hall gave David a standing ovation at the conclusion of this fine speech, He certainly got one here…

    • Anne 35.1

      They did indeed bad12. A very colourful and happy audience. One of the best Labour audiences in terms of ambience that I have seen.

  36. (a different) Pete 36

    OMG. A leap into the past. A baby bonus! If memory serves me correctly Mike Moore proposed this in the 70’s and it was universally rejected. Can’t see much to recommend this. Available to all up to $150k. What are they thinking.

    [Bill: there is already a Pete posting here. To avoid possible confusion, please change your handle for future comments. Cheers.]

  37. Steve Wrathall 37

    I though they couldn’t come up with dafter policies than they went into 2011 with, but the …. bribe for those on 150K shows there are even greater heights of stupid to reach

    [RL: Using the word 'breeder' in that contemptuous manner will be deleted. ]

    • McFlock 37.1

      “breeder bribe”? You must have jizzed in your pants when the Legion of D’oh brainstorming session came up with that one.

      Seriously, “bribing” someone $3k to “breed” is like “bribing” a bank manager to give you a $30k OD in exchange for a lollipop – so blatantly underpriced that they would probably have done it anyway.

      Anyone moronic enough to believe that contrived piece of spin is probably already at least a tory – although they might not have quite enough multi-generational inbreeding to vote nact.

    • Chooky 37.2

      …Labour needs to axe those daft unnecessary super NACT motorways ….so the brrmm brrrrmmm boys have to drive their brrrrrm brrrrm cars at safer slower speeds …….and the transport businesses pay a fair price for wear and tear on our existing roads( use rail transport more) ……and those rich male ( politician and mates?)share holders in the construction companies building the privatised roads dont cream the profits from poor New Zealanders

      axe the motorways….savings all around!!!!! ….there is plenty for New Zealand kids and education….we just have to get politicians with their priorities made ethical.

      • Molly 37.2.1

        +1000 Chooky. I really don’t get those brmm brmm brmm commercials. Especially interspersed amongst the Speed Kills ones coming from the Police….

  38. KiwiGunner 38

    I don’t like it much. Any family on $100k+ doesn’t need this and, once again, it is govt subsidising our low wage economy.

    • Chooky 38.1

      …if you take into account the cost of housing these days ….either renting or buying for young couples …it does make sense ….there is very little left over for children… .especially if student loans havent been paid off

      ( it is different for the older generation who bought their houses when houses were affordable and are largely paid off)

      • Naki Man 38.1.1

        Cry me a fucking river.
        Anyone earning over $100k does not need welfare
        If you cant afford to live in Auckland move.

        • Draco T Bastard 38.1.1.1

          /facepalm

          If you can’t afford to live where you’re working them move to where you can’t get work – and you still won’t be able to afford to live

          You really, really, really have NFI do you?

          • Rosie 38.1.1.1.1

            “You really, really, really have NFI do you?”

            No, (go) Naddy Man doesn’t.

          • Naki Man 38.1.1.1.2

            If you had some skills and a better attitude you might be able to get work.
            Lots of people get a transfer or a job in another city. I have never had a problem but then I am not so fucking negative.

        • Chooky 38.1.1.2

          @Naki Man …well that is probably most young New Zealanders who want to buy a house and have a family in Auckland( without rich parents) ….so you would shoo young New Zealanders all out of Auckland would you?.

          ….and who would take over Auckland?…..your rich investor friends?… speculators are why house prices are so high and unaffordable for young NZers in Auckland!

          …New Zealand for New Zealnders I say…….it is pathetic if NACT cant even support young New Zealanders buy a house and have a family!

          …….You go cry a river when NACT is thrown out next election….and you and your rich friends go jump in the river!

          • Naki Man 38.1.1.2.1

            It is what it is. If you cant afford something don’t buy.
            Just stop whining about it

        • greywarbler 38.1.1.3

          What’s it like Taranaki, Naki Man? Jobs, houses, you should be doing All Right there?

            • Naki Man 38.1.1.3.1.1

              Plenty of jobs and affordable housing. That is what oil exploration does for a city

          • Naki Man 38.1.1.3.2

            Its all good. Quite simple really you buy a house that you can afford.
            Then when its paid off buy a nicer house. That is what I have done

            • greywarbler 38.1.1.3.2.1

              Naki Man
              You are a real Kiwi bloke or blokess. A man with commonsense like Peter Dunne. Perhaps you could stand for Parliament too. Isn’t Shane Ardern or whoever standing down. I think he wants his tractor back on the farm.

              There could be a a future waiting for you in Wellington, and they give you an allowance for housing, but you have to decide whether you will take it for your Wellington base, or your Taranaki base. Seeing it would be cheaper in the Naki than Wellington it might be best to draw it on Wellington. Would that be a good idea?

              Housing seems your interest. And you sound as if you can afford more than the outhouse that most young Aucklanders can afford for their first home. Perhaps if you got into Parliament you could move to have housing information seminars. They used to have those in 70’s when people still thought they lived in a country that wanted them to have jobs and be able to buy a house and make a living, and have a happy, prosperous life.

            • tricledrown 38.1.1.3.2.2

              nakered man what if they don’t find any oil .
              the technology hasn,t been developed to recover the oil nakered !
              So when is this bounty going to happen

              • Naki Man

                What are you on
                Where do you think your gas comes from?
                They found oil and gas in 1866 in New Plymouth.
                Oil and gas already contributes twice as much to NZ,s GDP as dairy farming in
                Taranaki. They do have the technology to recover the oil or gas, are you for real

    • geoff 38.2

      And how many families will that be? Probably not that many and therefore won’t cost significantly more than if they had excluded families on higher incomes.

    • bad12 38.3

      Ok, on the surface you make a valid point, but, David Cunliffe is also saying He will unashamedly tax the rich to pay for it,so while it might be a subsidy for the low wage economy it is those who benefit the most from that low wage economy who will be paying to alleviate the curse of such low wages…

      • gem 38.3.1

        ”Unashamedly” or otherwise, the top personal tax rate will still be significantly lower than that of Australia or Britain if Labour win the 2014 election, as signalled by Parker this month in the Listener.

        • bad12 38.3.1.1

          Gem, if you will excuse the expression i don’t really give a shit how much the rich are taxed or even for that matter how rich the rich stay,

          What concerns me are the ‘bread and butter’ issues that negatively effect beneficiaries and low waged workers, both demographics actually being the same people in most cases,

          If by ‘redistribution’ a Labour lead Government along with it’s coalition can find solutions to child poverty and affordable housing not only for beneficiaries but low waged workers as well then i will consider them to be well worth voting for,

          my oft stated view is simply this, if taxed heavily the rich to maintain such wealth as they possess will have to work harder to attain such a goal,

          In saying that as it is the workers who create such wealth for the rich, to maintain their wealth in the face of rising taxes would require more production which would also require more workers…

          • gem 38.3.1.1.1

            ”Gem, if you will excuse the expression i don’t really give a shit how much the rich are taxed or even for that matter how rich the rich stay.”
            The thing is that the more equal a country is in terms of relative incomes determines the extent to which the bread and butter issues negatively affect beneficiaries and low waged workers.
            ”In saying that as it is the workers who create such wealth for the rich, to maintain their wealth in the face of rising taxes would require more production which would also require more workers…” +100

    • lprent 38.4

      Families on less than 100k do need it, and most families wind up on less than 100k when they have kids under a year of age because one parent or another has to be off work.

      So you’d get upset with it because of what? That helping kids in the first year of life is unfair? On whom?

      Dickhead. Please think through your slogans

      • cricklewood 38.4.1

        I’ve got only one child admittedly but we are quite comfortable on just under 100k per year. Tbh its become more expensive now my daughter has started school… the rort that is uniforms sees to that… seems it costs 3 times more to by a polo because it has a crest embroidered on it …

        • Rosie 38.4.1.1

          cricklewood, it might pay to not judge everyone else’s circumstances by your own. Just because you are “comfortable” doesn’t mean everyone else on your rate is. Other’s may have insanely high accommodation costs, health issues, debt and other factors that may mean life isn’t comfortable for them and their children.

          • cricklewood 38.4.1.1.1

            Believe me accommodation isnt cheap but when you’ve got @1500 A week net coming in life is reasonably comfy with one child.
            I would be more than happy to see sickness, disability & accommodation supplements increased as I am all to aware of how hard it can be. I just don’t see the point of extending so far into the upper middle class.

          • Colonial Viper 38.4.1.1.2

            Rosie, sorry but that is just upper middle class crazy talk, complaining about the limitations of $1500 net in the hand per week soon followed up by how unreasonable the fees are at Diocesan and the pressure interest rate rises are going to put on repaying your $400K mortgage followed by how on earth you are going to update your 8 year old 3 series into something a bit more respectable.

            • cricklewood 38.4.1.1.2.1

              Agreed cant really complain about your lot in life when you’re healthy have good accommodation, food on the table and money left at the end of the week.
              I prob wont have a 2nd child but if I did id rather that $60 went to someone needing it more. Worst case Id have to drink less beer and eat out less hardly a big problem in the scheme of things…

              • Colonial Viper

                Indeed…trying to raise a family on half that net sum…that’s when there are real serious challenges…

        • greywarbler 38.4.1.2

          cricklewood
          That’s one of my regular thoughts too. The schools are so dismissive of how people are stretched by the costs that are laid on them by education, that it doesn’t bother them a bit that instead of being able for instance to all wear navy short sleeved collared polo shirts at primary school, obtained anywhere the price is good, they have to get a specially embroidered one at an extra cost.

          The local upper class Secondary Girls has kilts with skirts that must be almost a metre in length and of course miles of pleats all round. But the Boards of Trustees and well-bred ladies on the decision team for uniforms are hide-bound in their attitudes so the girls are kilt-bound and they are mighty expensive whether they are wool or acrylic. Neatness, attractiveness, uniformity of style, colour and design PLUS practicality, and efficiency in care and cost as well, are outside the experience and understanding of the uniform committees.

      • KiwiGunner 38.4.2

        Do you mean me? Bit rough, I liked the tone of the speech overall. Support Labour, just query this and you call me a dickhead. I’ve never had this type of comment here and would appreciate an apology please.

        • chris73 38.4.2.1

          I’d advise you on not holding breath while waiting for one

          • lprent 38.4.2.1.1

            I have been known to apologize. But it is rare and confined to things that I feel that I got the completely wrong end of the stick. Usually it is when I’m moderating and lack context so I read what people wrote. I don’t see that they were satirising someone else.

        • mickysavage 38.4.2.2

          I think there is an argument for lowering the threshold but there is not much to be saved …

          • Colonial Viper 38.4.2.2.1

            Although sometimes the aim is simply to send a political message to various constituencies.

            Setting the threshold at a level which net benefits only the bottom 90% of households for instance makes more political and electoral sense than a dollar figure. At a guess this would be around the $120K-$130K pa mark (given that the 50% – median – household income is circa $70K pa).

          • greywarbler 38.4.2.2.2

            Kiwi Gunner This is you at 38.
            I don’t like it much. Any family on $100k+ doesn’t need this and, once again, it is govt subsidising our low wage economy.
            If you had any interest in what people think here you will know there has been strong agreement with responsible groups advocating for children that there needs to be more done to assist them, and that early childhood usually goes along with a drop in income, and a rise in costs, and that early childhood health and positive experiences, are major contributors to a good start in life.

            There is very strong social policy evidence that policies which are fairly wide-spread, rather than narrowly targeted, are beneficial to society in that no-one misses out, no-one feels that they are bearing all the problems but getting none of the government help, and there is no stigma in receiving government help,. And that help indicates strong support for health and welfare for the babies and toddlers, our most vulnerable citizens, being cared for by the other important citizens the parents and caregivers.

            We know there is a low wage economy, so we need to do something to alleviate it, not just bitch about it, and commiserate with parents with young families. That is until we can restore the economy to around 1984 level, which wasn’t great but we had some activity going on all around the country in diverse sectors. But it would probably take at least 20 years to restore the economy. And technology and the environment have changed and we now have to apply ourselves to a new way along a new path, and go back to supportive family payments, now it has sunk in that we aren’t the economic jewel of the South Pacific despite what we are told.

            Now as most of us feel that this is the case, and want to see people receive help for a few years. Also we hope they are in stable accommodation suitable for a baby, which may be a considerable part of the $100,000 plus. It is unlikely that we would support you in your criticism, or apologise.

        • Chooky 38.4.2.3

          lol… KiwiGunner ,,,you wont get an apology from BiG Daddy Iprent because it is his blog site….

          you could be called a lot worse than Dickhead …how about Fuckwit?

        • Anne 38.4.2.4

          Don’t worry KiwiGunner. That’s very mild coming from Iprent. But he’s one hell of a good sysop and spends many hours keeping this site going. My initial reaction was similar to yours but I’m starting to understand now. Cunliffe is being very smart and getting a huge pool of potential Labour voters to sit up and take notice – something he had to do and very early in the year. Without it Labour wasn’t going to fly…

        • lprent 38.4.2.5

          Do you mean me? Bit rough…

          I express my opinions based on what people say. What you said is that because your family were getting 100k and didn’t need it, then others didn’t either. The implication was wide enough that I read it as suggesting that a family with a income on 50k didn’t either, and that others in the same income range as yourself didn’t either.

          You were being stupid because you hadn’t thought it through, especially in the absence of any detail of the policy. For instance, doesn’t the policy refer to family income prior to the birth or during the first year? Some people get paid paternal leave. Some do not?

          Another announcement was that Labour would push through 26 weeks paid parental leave. This means that in the first year about half way through with a sick kids, the family income drops from say 100k to 50k. After watching parents with kids for some time (I’m not one myself – but I am a hell of an observant friend, uncle, great-uncle, and godfather), the absolute last thing that people need is to have to spend their time trying to work their way through WINZ and the other public services constrained by the dickhead policies forced by decades of moralistic and judgmental fools like yourself. Trying to get sleep is usually enough of a problem.

          Also any birth is a complete crap shoot. Kids come in with all kinds of issues. They can have early births, life-threatening deformities, various types of sickliness, etc etc. The amount of resource to get a kid through the first year can vary from bugger all to a hell of a lot.I’ve seen people having real issues just because they can’t get the hand-me-downs from their dead family when they have a kid that is growing twice as fast as everyone elses.

          Sure you can say that the state/charities will provide – but given the usual way that both respond, I’d say that giving parents more money in the hand is probably more efficient when they’re scrabbling to find doctors fees.

          …would appreciate an apology…

          You might. That doesn’t mean that I apologize to a fool who doesn’t think through what they say, and got their feelings hurt when this was pointed out.

          The site allows for “robust debate” in the policy and only thing that I look for to constrain that when I’m being a moderator is “pointless abuse” and things that disrupt the argument. Live with it.

          If you want polite debate on your terms, then follow the advice in the last part of the about, don’t snivel and whine about it to me..

  39. Papa Tuanuku 39

    Someone should link this kaupapa to Royals, that’s the topic of the minute

  40. clemgeopin 40

    My reaction:
    [1] A good speech with some welcome oratory in parts.

    [2] I am very glad about the initiatives for parental leave, child rearing help and early childhood education because the early years are the most crucial in a person’s life and future.

    [3] At first glance, I thought the $150,000 was too high a bracket, but on careful consideration, I realised that that is a sensible and fair social, as well as a clever political move, which hopefully will be balanced by reversal of National/ACT’s two billion per year tax cuts that primarily benefit the wealthy the most. [This child-help policy over the years will or may help us have better and perhaps more local citizens, thus perhaps reducing bigger immigration in the future]

    [4] I wish the speech had many more broad policy indicators on issues such as poverty, closing the income gap, housing solutions, job creation, environment, control of excess profits of price gauging corporates, banks and monopolies. reduction of household costs of essential food and other items, including electricity. I am hoping that these policies will get rolled in in the next few months one by one before the next elections.

  41. Foreign Waka 41

    I find the policies regarding child support in particular and capital gains tax winners in my book. Two fly’s with one clap, brilliant. As long as the child support is caped at a reasonable income level and all support mechanism such as rent supplements etc are being taken into consideration. These two policies alone make me reconsider everything. I am usually a green voter but I feel very strongly about the kids and their unequal start in life. This one has to be balanced out, kids have no advocates in politics – it just has to be.

    • bad12 42.1

      Push that sad and lonely barrow for all it’s worth Chris73, careful tho it’s full off bullshit and uphill your likely to get covered in it…

    • Rosie 42.2

      Oh you mean those stuffed polls where you can sit there and repeatedly click merrily away on the same option? God, people are probably paid to skew those dodgy polls.

  42. greywarbler 43

    Who reads the various MSM in the UK according to Yes, Prime Minister.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGscoaUWW2M

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    Press Release – Federated Farmers International Agricultural and Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP At the round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations taking place this week in Australia, agri-food producer and processor groups from Canada, Australia …International...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Grant Robertson is not as much like Joseph Stalin as some would have you th...
    It’s not often you see a New Zealand political figure compared favourably to Stalin, but this is what Chris Trotter has done to that decidedly non-genocidal non-lunatic Grant Robertson.  ...
    Pundit | 23-10
  • Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance
    It is depressingly apparent that powerful forces in the global economy are set to carry on with the exploration for and use of fossil fuels ass a primary source of energy for decades to come. Oxfam has produced a report...
    Hot Topic | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    Today I made my oral submission to the Environmental Protection Authority on Chatham Rock Phosphate’s application to mine phosphate from the seabed approximately halfway between the mainland and the Chatham Island. In a nutshell this application is for the deepest...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • Surrounded sex offender still won’t come down from roof
    While they would still appreciate him coming down, police say they’re confident the man has “nowhere to hide.” After an agonising 54-year wait, it is beginning to appear as though a notorious sex offender dressed as Santa may not, in...
    The Civilian | 23-10
  • Stuart’s 100 #46 On the Way or Already There?
    46: On the Way or Already There? What if we dropped the pseudo-word “roading” from Auckland’s vernacular? Roads are on the way somewhere; streets are already somewhere. This simple difference in understanding and perspective between movement and place often results...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • More police misconduct
    Another day, another IPCA report - this one into a police officer who unjustifiably set a police dog to savage a surrendering suspect:A police dog was set on a man who had his hands in the air in what is...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • Media Link: The revolution will not be televised.
    I had the opportunity to do a long interview with Olivier Jutel, host of the Dunedin Radio One show “The revolution will not be televised.” It is a rare occasion when one gets to converse at length about a variety...
    Kiwipolitico | 23-10
  • Key spoke to Cameron Slater ‘not as Prime Minister’, but as a sponge
    Cameron Slater (left), and John Key (right), presumably in his capacity as a kitchen sponge. Facing fresh criticism about the details of his relationship with Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Prime Minister John Key today claimed that, on the occasions...
    The Civilian | 23-10
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Musa Kart is a Turkish cartoonist. In February he published a cartoon criticising Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's cover-up of a corruption probe. Now, he's being prosecuted for it:Turkish prosecutors have filed an indictment against a famous cartoonist working for...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • Workers’ rights under attack
    Now that 51st Parliament has been officially opened and sworn in, the government’s first order of business is to ram through an amendment to the Employment Relations Act. These legislative changes represent a massive assault on the rights of everyday...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Assaulted for protecting olive trees
    Villagers and activists were assaulted, handcuffed and hospitalized today while protecting olive trees at the site of a proposed coal plant in Turkey.The Kolin Group wants the olive trees cut down to make way for a new coal power plant....
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Shell Oil Cowboys Caught Drilling Illegally in New Zealand
    “There be trouble in town sheriff, some cowboys is coming into town”. It could be a line from a grainy old western from our childhood (well, mine anyway) when the good, clean living people of a well to do town...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Freedom of information: How it works in Norway
    While we're all wailing and gnashing our teeth about the corruption of our Official Information Act, the Open Government Partnership has a great piece on how Norway does it better. Key to their approach is proactive publication of the metadata...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    CTU | 22-10
  • There appears to be an off button
    John Key’s ability to turn his Prime Ministership on or off as he pleases raises a number of troubling issues for the general public....
    Imperator Fish | 22-10
  • The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – the John Key edition
    It’s standard practice for Ministers and Prime Ministers to wear different “hats” in the course of their work. Work done as a Minister can obviously be separate and distinct from an MP’s ordinary functions on behalf of the constituents in their electorates....
    Occasionally erudite | 22-10
  • The many hats of John Key
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    On the Left | 22-10
  • Want lower rates? Cut back on urban sprawl
    Suburban sprawl is a radical, government-led re-engineering of society, one that artificially inverted millennia of accumulated wisdom and practice in building human habitats. Charles Marohn In the recent article The Conservative Case Against the Suburbs Charles Marohn (@StrongTowns) takes on the awkward relationship...
    Transport Blog | 22-10
  • Ebola Fear outstrips risk
    It's not just that Ebola sounds like a modern day black plague and probably originated from blood sucking bats living in dark caves - reason enough for people here in the United States to react like there's a Zombie-Vampire apocalypse...
    Pundit | 22-10
  • National lets Shell drill illegally
    Back in 2012, National passed the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act. At the time, they made a lot of noise about how this was the first legislation to properly protect the EEZ, and that it would...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health about Katherine Rich’s c...
    KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health : Is he satisfied that there is no conflict of interest in the head of the Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich, being a board member of the Health Promotion Agency; if so,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Kennedy Graham to the Prime Minister on the Deployment of New Zealand Speci...
    Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the risks to New Zealand from any commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq would be "no greater than I think the...
    Greens | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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